“The eagle that soars in the upper air does not worry itself how it is to cross rivers.”

Carol Purves -writer

I came across this biography writer through watching a video on the story of Gladys Aylward (See the end of this blog for the video*). Here is her book. Do read.

A missionary in the 1930s, Gladys Aylward, 24 February 1902 – 3 January 1970, was a British-born evangelical Christian missionary to China. In 1938, the region was invaded by Japanese forces, and Aylward led more than 100 orphans to safety over the mountains, despite being wounded, personally caring for them (and converting many to Christianity.


by Carol Purves

ISBN 978 1 909281 49 3

This is the story of Gladys Aylward, a missionary to China in the 1930’s and the 1940’s.  Immortalised through the film The Inn of the Sixth Happiness starring Ingrid Bergman.  Gladys set out to China alone, trusting in God to supply all her needs. Her call was to China alone, no other country of service would do for her.

Often her life was in danger. She received a bullet wound to her shoulder while fleeing Japanese soldier. She encountered wolves in the forest in Siberia, fortunately she only heard them, she did not see them.

Nearly a hundred children were led by her across the mountains to safety, while she was the only adult to guide them. Her story eventually became known world-wide as she lectured in many English speaking countries. Being only five foot tall was no hinderance to her determined nature.

Interesting facts – Did you know Gladys travelled all the way from the east side of London to deepest China wearing two left shoes?

Did you know this intrepid missionary is now buried in Taiwan, which in her day was known as Formosa?

Read all about it in this book.

Purchase this book from: Amazon.co.uk | Amazon Kindle

About Carol

It is said that everyone has a book in them.  To date Carol Purves has discharged five of her internal books.  Her main genre is Christian biographies.  What could be better;  most people are interested in people.  We like to know how they tick (or in these cases how they ‘ticked’), their successes are ours and their failings show our perceived superior wisdom.

Carol is a freelance writer, former teacher, secretary and member and former committee member of the Association of Christian Writers, (an orginazation which did most to set her on the path of being a writer.)  Living only 9 miles from the Scottish Border it was inevitable that she should join the Fellowship of Scottish Christian Writers, (though being a Sassenach she is in the minority in her membership).

A taste of her blog: “Crisis of Confidence”

Carol PurvesCarol’s Blog 

Maybe I’m not alone. Things that I used to do with confidence, I now am afraid to do. I used to drive happily anywhere in the country, I now hesitate to just drive into the city. (not that anything is open when I get there). I used to answer the telephone without a thought, now I hesitate wondering if it is bad news or someone needing encouragement I cannot give . (or even a cold call. I’ve just been interrupted yet again as I type) I used to greet everyone I met with a smile and cheery word, now I cross the road in case of infection. (Not that they can see my smile behind my mask anyway)

It is no wonder that you, me and the rest of the world are suffering a crisis of confidence. Everything we knew as normal and acceptable has been stripped away. With fake news and scaremongers we can’t believe in anything or trust anyone.

What we need is somebody who will absolutely not let us down. Something we can rely on without fail. Then our crisis of confidence will become an assurance of confidence.


Video on Gladys Aylward: The Small Woman With A Great God (2010) | Full Movie | Carol Puves

A classic

Gladys Aylward: The Little Woman Paperback – 1 Jun. 1970

by Gladys Aylward  (Author)

A solitary woman. A foreign country. An unknown language. An impossible dream? No.

With no mission board to support or guide her, and less than ten dollars in her pocket, Gladys Aylward left her home in England to answer God’s call to take the message of the gospel to China. With the Sino-Japanese War waging around her, she struggled to bring the basics of life and the fullness of God to orphaned children. Time after time, God triumphed over impossible situations, and drew people to Himself. The Little Woman tells the story of one woman’s determination to serve God at any cost. With God all things are possible!

A true story of a determined missionary, Gladys Aylward: The Little Woman will challenge you to bold and expectant faith.

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